OnRaé Watkins, aka OnRaé LaTeal, is a music producer, creative arts educator and videographer holding a B.A. from Howard University's School of Communications in audio production. OnRaé has produced content for national and international commercial broadcast stations including Washington D.C.’s 96.3 WHUR-FM and Sirius XM Satellite Radio. She has worked alongside veteran radio personalities Frank Ski, Michel Wright, Tony Richards, Olivia Fox and John Wesley, while spending consecutive years leading DC's evening show chart as the executive producer of The Weekend Review with Bobby Gailes.
OnRaé is also the Co-Founder of the Black Girls Handgames Project, a grassroots program dedicated to using childhood handgames to uplift joy and resiliency for Black girls through music and education. The project revitalizes age old games such as Miss Mary Mack, Gigolo and Rockin' Robin with hip-hop and soulful remixes created by and featuring Black women and girls. OnRaé uses the project to elevate gender equality in the field of music production by teaching teenage girls fundamental skills in beat-making.
Building from the recent momentum of her art activism, OnRaé has founded Freedom Futures Collective (FFC), a multi-media group of 13 artist activists using music, film, and education to support the movement for ALL Black lives. The collective was conceptualized while receiving a fellowship with one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the world, Open Society Foundations (OSF). As an OSF fellow, OnRaé collaborated with FFC members to release a visual and musical album dedicated to highlighting campaigns in DC centering the reimagining of public safety. The album, "We Keep Us Safe" includes 23 original liberation music videos, and short immersive films highlighting the organizing work of DC-based activists groups and abolitionists. "We Keep Us Safe" is available on Youtube and for streaming on all digital music platforms.
You can find her latest work on all music streaming platforms.